BILE DUCT PROBLEMS - ENDOSCOPIC SOLUTIONS

Fabiana Benjaminov, Olga Barkay, Fred M. Konikoff

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    Abstract

    Patients with symptomatic bile duct stones are at increased risk for complications, which can be life-threatening. In the last four decades, with the development of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and biliary sphincterotomy, endoscopic treatment has almost totally replaced surgical treatment of bile duct stones. In addition, a variety of benign and malignant conditions such as iatrogenic strictures (post cholecystectomy/post liver transplant), PSC, papillary adenoma or malignant tumors of bile duct or pancreas, are now amenable to endoscopic treatment. In the early years, ERCP served as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool With the development of non-invasive imaging alternatives, ERCP became a purely therapeutic procedure. However, in recent years, advanced technologies have restored diagnostic abilities to FRCP.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)525-9, 539
    JournalHarefuah
    Volume154
    Issue number8
    StatePublished - 1 Aug 2015

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